Casey (lastbestchance) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

161. Infinite Jest; 162. The Twenty-Seventh City

Infinite Jest
by David Foster Wallace

Started: May 12, 2010
Finished: May 21, 2010

This was a mammoth undertaking that I'd been putting off for years. There were stretches of this gargantuan novel that I really didn't care--especially in the early going before I got into Wallace's rhythm and style of writing--but they were also many, many stretches that were mindblowingly brilliant. I'm glad I finally read this. It was well worth the effort. 1,070 pages. Grade: A-
The Twenty-Seventh City
by Jonathan Franzen

Started: May 12, 2010
Finished: May 26, 2010

I didn't much like this novel. Franzen was clearly already a capable writer in this, his first novel, but the story and characters left me feeling cold. I didn't like anybody in this novel. I didn't hate anybody in this novel. I just didn't much care what happened to anybody in this novel. 517 pages. Grade: C+
Total # of Books Read in 2010:162
Total # of Pages Read in 2010: 41,799

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